The French vintage workwear inspired brand Fatboy Clothing Company is founded by Charles Niehues. All his creations are worked individually by hand, respecting all techniques of traditional work to have a genuine result. For Spring Summer ’16 he developed some really nice high quality made denim items. The items are made with Japanese fabrics which were came from an old Japanese factory from the ’50′s. The items are made with really cool authentic details. Below some highlights which are available this upcoming May on their website. Check also the really nice photoshoot which he did for his new lookbook. These pics gives you the feeling to want to work at the railroad and into the woods. Very nice Charles, keep up the good work!
Tomorrow the 4th edition of Rambam Denim Days will take place which I organise for the oldest denim store in my hometown Eindhoven – NL. The 4th edition of this special retail event is loaded with some cool denim stuff. The kick-off is with Levi’s Jeans. We will create a pop-up mini bios to screen their new 501 docu and we are going to set-up a mini Levi’s denim expo with some vintage pieces. The whole day you can listen to the old Levi’s music from their classic tv commercials. A coffee barista in the store will make this day complete with serving you some fresh made coffee. Diesel Jeans will set-up their Denim Master Studio on Sunday where you can customize your own jeans or jacket.
Next weekend the Rambam Denim Days will continue on the Saturday with the crafted skills from Mike van der Zanden from Dyemond Goods. Mike will make leather products in the store so you can see his authentic craftsman skills. All in all some good denim vibes at Rambam Eindhoven during the special 4th edition of Rambam Denim Days. See you there!
Next week Amsterdam will turn blue again during the Amsterdam Denim Days. One of the main events is the Kingpins denim fabric fair. On this fair designers can select and buy denim fabrics for their upcoming collection. The best denim mills worldwide are there to show you their latest creations. Besides checking out the new denim trends it’s always good to see your denimfriends. Looking forward to this new edition. See you there and check out the video from last year to get you in the right blue mood.
Benzak Denim Developers (BDD) announced a collaboration with Collect Denim Mill from Japan. Toghether they created a new special selvage fabric which you can now pre-order in the following fits: BDD-006, slim fit, and the new regular fit BDD-707.
The low tension is the first BDD special, together with their Japanese friends from the Collect mill this denim has been created exclusively for BDD. With a 14oz. right hand selvage fabric, this is a perfect mid-weight and the construction is slightly looser which allows for an uneven weaving pattern and small slubs. The selvage colour id is yellow & green, and represent the first stages of indigo, before it becomes the distinctive dark blue color. This is a very cool and creative idea! This colour combo is carefully developed by BDD and is very unlikely to be found elsewhere. The special bull patch is made from super thin goat leather from Italy and marks the fabric’s exclusivity. Because the denim is sanforized, minor shrinkage is expected after the first wash. Both jeans are created in Holland and crafted in Japan. Well done Lennaert, very nice!
Lennaert Nijght (Founder BDD) with the BDD Special
As a reward for pre-ordering, you will receive a brand new Benzak tee in white or black heavy jersey, with a crackle print. Just like indigo and leather, this print will age and becomes nicer with wear and wash.
Livid Jeans from Norway developed a great shirt for Spring Summer ’16. The Norman Japan Stars & Dots is made from a 100% cotton indigo dye narrow loom fabric from the artisanal fabric mill, Nihon Menpu. This particular shirt features a button down collar and a centre front closure with real corozo nut buttons from Portugal. It has long sleeves ending in button cuffs, a single chest pocket and side tabs.
The garment features: – 100% cotton, woven by Nihon Menpu, Japan. – Indigo Dyed – Real corozo nut buttons from Portugal – Stitched with high quality poly core cotton thread. – Made in Barcelos, Portugal. – Limited to only 107 made.
Last week the new co-owner from G-Star Pharrell Williams invited a group of friends to visit the ‘RAW Factory’ at G-Star’s Amsterdam HQ. Celebrating his co-ownership with the denim brand, Pharrell was giving his guests an all-access peek into his new denim playground.
The first year students from the Amsterdam based Jean School went to Italy to finish their garments for the G-star 3301 restyle project. They went to the Candiani mill to see where their fabric for this project came from, and for the finishing of their garments they went to Elleti. Here is the first part of their after movie. Good luck with your projects, looking forward to see the results!
Came again across a true denim collectors item on Ebay: vintage Levi’s Big E Jeans car club denim vest from the ’60′s. On the back of this original denim cut you see the cartoon Ed Roth type character running a red light while being chased by the police. LVC (Levi’s Vintage Clothing) reproduced this patch set based on an image of it. They chose to put it on a ’60′s type cream Bedford jacket. Check this very cool denim cut here below, it’s for Sale for $ 1.499,-
On April the 4th the guys from the Japanese Clutch Magazine will launch their new magazine called Japan Denim. The magazine is loaded with the best Japanese denim brands available. In 164 full colour pages they will give you a perfect overview about the Japanese brands. Read what Clutch Magazine has to say about it in their own words here below. Looking forward to this one!
With so much attention placed upon denim in recent years, there is no doubt that one day Japanese denim will become its own fashion category. It is no longer unusual to see Japanese denim brands exhibit their denim at overseas tradeshows, and the number of shops in Asia and Europe that are beginning to carry more Japanese denim brands are also increasing. With such a commitment to using the highest quality fabrics, stitching, and silhouettes, the beautiful aging and fading processes of Japanese denim have become extremely popular among denim fans throughout the world. Today, there are many Japanese denim brands who are moving outside of Japan and competing with brands overseas. On April 4, Clutch will release a new magazine that puts the spotlight entirely on Japanese denim brands that have been widely recognized internationally, as well as the owners, directors, and designers of these brands that continue to release attractive denim models. Featuring dynamic photos that Clutch has become known for, the special edition magazine will introduce some of the industry’s leading figures and their philosophies and deep commitments towards the manufacturing of Japanese denim.
Blue de Gênes from Denmark just launched some great new items for Spring Summer 2016. The items are all made with authentic craftsmanship and loaded with rich details. Let’s highlight some of them here below.
The Blue de Gênes Vigo Harajuko Shirt, the Monta Rugged Waistcoat, the Gio N2 Jeans w1080, the Gari Belt and Scarf and Blue de Gênes Key Hanger.
The Blue de Gênes shirt button is made of corozo nut. (The Vigo Harajuko Shirt is inspired by old shirts and has a classical grandad opening. The particular stitching and patchwork details contribute to a fine vintage look).
Most of the Blue de Gênes shirts are inspired by old worker shirts. The shirts have the characteristic Blue de Gênes branded real corozo hard nut buttons. The shirts are made in natural materials using cotton, hemp, linen and wool. Some fabrics are made on old selfedge looms and feature the characteristic red selvedge line. Most fabrics are from Italy and Japan.
The Monta rugged Waistcoat is a tailored gillet/vest and has buffalo horn buttons.
The Gio N2 Jeans is a slim fit jean in indigo blue which is made in Italy. The Gari Belt is a co-lab belt made with together with Dukes Finest Artisans. It’s handmade and handpainted and tells the great story of the Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldis adventures. The Blue de Gênes Keyhanger is made of corosu nut where only parts of the shell is polished off to give it a rough look. It will start by being ivory white but over time it will take colour and get a roustiqe look.
The Dawson Denim brand started with workwear aprons. These were inspired by original aprons used up until the 1960’s. Since 2012 Dawson Denim expanded their collection with jackets, jeans and bags. All the Dawson Denim products are personally tailored, each piece is one of a numbered run and in some cases very limited. All the patterns from their products are cut, graded and finished by hand. All are made in their own workshop in Brighton – UK using vintage sewing machines from the 1950′s. Today I want to highlight their great workwear inspired denim jackets.
Founders Dawson Denim: Scott Ogden and Kelly Dawson
Sack Jacket : DD03 White Selvedge. The jacket is made from 13oz indigo dyed white selvedge, a copy of a pre 1930’s quality. Woven on Japanese Imamura looms developed in the 1920’s
Sack Jacket : DD06 Wabash. Limited edition Wabash printed indigo dyed twill jacket. Only 10 will be made and are made to order. The jacket is made from 11oz Indigo Dyed printed wabash twill from Japan.
Sack Jacket : DD05 Neppy. A classic workwear shape first named a Sack jacket in the 19th Century. The jacket is made from 10oz indigo dyed neppy selvedge, a copy of a pre 1930’s quality. Woven on Japanese Imamura looms developed in the 1920’s.
This upcoming Sunday the 3rd of April the menswear store M-Perception, located in Maastricht – NL, is organising their 3rd edition of Denim Day. During the Denim Day event you can explore the new Spring Summer collection from denim brands as Edwin Jeans, Neuw Denim, Denham and Butcher of Blue. M-Perception also arranged some specials like the Barbershop Sjiers, the Wrench Kings and Cafe Racers United with their bikes, we will show our Butts and Shoulders Goodyear Welted boots and you can taste some delicious beers by The Hoppy Brothers. It’s going to be a good one this upoming weekend in the South of Holland. See you there at Denim Day!
Check more info from Denim Day on their Facebook event page:
Over history the Utility Jacket has been worn for a variety of purposes, from workwear and military combat through to leisurewear. For this design, the UK brand Nigel Cabourn pieced together three different vintage garments including the USMC shirt jacket and these can be seen in the distinct upper and lower parts as well as the left chest pocket. This great item is made in two colours for Spring Summer ’16: a special washed indigo and an indigo denim version. Great denim cut and sew item!
Supported by Dutch Grolsch beer, Denham Jeans partnered with Dutch portrait photographer Marc Haers to create ‘Workoncanvas’. The concept from ‘Workoncanvas’ is to highlight the craftsmanship in Amsterdam. Liam Maher (brand director of Denham Jeans) and Marc Haers are giving an insight into the life of several very skilled craftspeople. Together they hand-picked seven artists who combine the skill and heritage of traditional crafts with their work and fitted them with a virgin Denham wardrobe. After 6 months of wear we can see how their creativity, craft and experiences have literally been mapped across their denim. The ‘Workoncanvas’ project offers a unique portrait of the artists, but also a portrait of Amsterdam itself – where it’s been, where it is today and where it is going.
Watch the video hee below to hear more from Liam Maher about this project. The next eight weeks you can discover creativity from Amsterdam and see how the Denham clothes can transform, influence and inspire each other, and find out how each artist took their wardrobe from virgin to vintage. Nice project!
For almost a quarter of a century, the Infinities stores from UK have been providing a collection of outstanding designer menswear. Since their opening from the first store in Newcastle-Under-Lyme in 1991, Infinities has a well-deserved reputation for stocking men’s designer clothing, footwear and accessories. For 25 years they stock high-end brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Barbour, Carhartt, YMC, Stone Island, CP Company, Paul Smith and Edwin Jeans to name a few. In total they have more than 50 brands! I have just ordered some Edwin Jeans items for the upcoming Spring Summer days. My Infinities ‘Edwin Jeans’ order just came in. Check it out here below.
Davide Biondi is a very talented graphic designer from Italy. His passion for denim, bikes and vintage stuff are his main inspiration for his graphic work. Check below his t-shirts which are available on Threadless. Bravo Davide!
The Overall magazine, also known as The Blue Magazine, is a high quality magazine from Italy. The magazine is published by Tab Communication srl which is also the company behind the Crackers Magazine and the Denim Boulevard event. The Overall magazine is focussed on denim, workwear and the authentic lifestyle with highlights as denim events, denim stores, denim people, denim items, denim boots, etc. The magazine is loaded with the most great content for every denimhead. The Overall magazine is coming out 4 times each year and has 145 full colour pages. Every issue has his own theme, the first issue has the theme ‘Farm Edition’ and the second ‘Snapshot Edition’. The magazine is distributed through the best denim stores in mainly Europe (they are working on worldwide!) like DeeCee Style, VMC, Tenue de Nimes, Sear’s, Son Of a Stag, etc. and through trade shows like Kingpins, CC Show Japan, Pitti, Premiere Vision and Selvedge Run. I’m really stoked about this new magazine, so check it out for yourself. Below some pages from the first two editions to give you an impression. Looking forward to the next issue!
After the Lee 101 – 23oz and Lee 101 – 19oz monsters, Lee Jeans just launched with their premium 101 line their new creation: Lee 101 Cinch Tapered Jeans. This new fit is the most tapered one in their 101 collection, while the top of the jean is more relaxed fitted. The jeans has a zipper closure which is a real trademark from Lee Jeans. The fabric of the jean is a righthand 16oz Japanese orange selvage. The fabric is treated with a sulfur bath and dipped eight times in indigo. On the back of the jean they put an authentic cinch and their classic hair-on-hide leather patch. The dark orange treads and copper button gives this Lee 101 Jeans a true vintage workwear feeling. Check also the orange selvage in the waistband!
Again new denim videos are made by denim expert Amy Leverton, known of her street-style denim inspiration book ‘Denim Dudes’ with 80 blue influencers in the denim industry. Check the videos out here below. Keep it up Amy!
Brian Awitan, Sales and Branding Professional. Shot at The Reef, Los Angeles.
Caitlin Driscoll, vintage dealer. Shot at The Reef, Los Angeles.
Dylan Sadler, wholesale buyer, shot at The Reef, Los Angeles.
Abe Voytek of Dixon Rand, shot at The Reef, Los Angeles.
Katherine Kin of Frances Caine, shot at The Reef, Downtown Los Angeles.
Michael Paradise of The Stronghold in Venice, shot at The Reef, Downtown Los Angeles.
Check also the two previous posts with some of the coolest denim persons;